Success doesn’t happen by accident. The more you know what you need to do, how to do it, and get it done, the faster your Salon Suite business can grow.
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“He that rises late must trot all day” ~ Benjamin Franklin
1 – Get What You Need
Successful Salon Suite owners – indeed, successful business professionals of all kinds – are likely to be those who understand that caring for themselves with adequate rest, exercise, nutrition, quiet time, family and social time, etc., is equally as important as tasks more directly related to their business.
“Your future is created by what you do today, not tomorrow.”
2 – Be the Man (or Woman) with a Plan
The future is tomorrow and all the days after, and what you do today directly impacts them all. At the end of one workday, make your written to-do list for the next one, so that you’re ready to hit the ground running when the workday begins. Making a to-do list at the end of the workday also reduces the chances that you’ll lose sleep because you suddenly remembered a “must do” for the next day as soon as your head hits the pillow.
The act of physically writing something down can help you remember it better. Alternately, putting your to-do lists into electronic form on your phone or tablet can help ensure you don’t lose it and makes it easier for you to keep tasks that need to repeat on the list daily, weekly or monthly without having to write them down over and over again.
“Productivity is being able to do things that you were never able to do before.” -Franz Kafka
3 – Get Input and Inspiration
Some portion of each day should be devoted to “intelligence gathering.” This can be time spent in classes, technique-sharing with colleagues, studying trends and fashion, reading, videos, podcasts and other inputs that help you hone your skills, abilities, business knowledge, etc.
“Until we can manage time, we can manage nothing else.” -Peter Drucker
4 – Focus Where It Counts Most
Certain parts of the workday require your full attention. Limit distractions and interruptions that could negatively affect the client experience, that could hurt client outcomes, or hinder your ability to complete business-critical tasks.
“It is not enough to be busy… The question is: what are we busy about?” -Henry David Thoreau
5 – Prioritize, Then Do
Being busy working on and in your salon business is easy. But being busy doesn’t always equate to success. This is about self-discipline.
Successful Salon Suite owners know what must get done in the day, and they get those things done first. If your to-do list for the day is not realistic to accomplish in a given workday, be sure that you move the most critical tasks to the top of the list and put off things that you might enjoy doing more – but which are less necessary – to a later time or a different day.
“Absorb what is useful, reject what is useless, add what is specifically your own.” -Bruce Lee
6 – Make It Your Own
Successful Salon Suite owners are highly accountable to themselves and others. They take advantage of business-building resources (like those provided in the member-only app to MY SALON Suite owners) and they adapt these tools and resources and make them their own.
And they OWN them, and the results. They personalize their business, finance and marketing plans, tailoring them to specific goals and then they work them, and measure their progress, day in and day out.
“You’ve got to say, I think that if I keep working at this and want it badly enough I can have it. It’s called perseverance” -Lee Iacocca
7 – Lather, Rinse, Repeat
“Overnight success” generally only happens after days-months-years of preparation. That means showing up rested, refreshed and inspired every day, to meet (and hopefully exceed) client expectations, operate the business (marketing, accounting, supplies, retail, cleaning, etc.), plan, measure progress and be ready to do it all again the next day.
Routines and checklists can help you find your groove as a business owner, and help to ensure you accomplish those things most likely to contribute to the success of your Salon Suite.
What about you? Is there something you do pretty much every workday that contributes to your success as a beauty professional? Leave your tips as a comment below!